Downtown: 301 E Houston St., (210) 592-6264. A few blocks from The Alamo.
Alamo Heights: 8305 Broadway St., (210) 375-6746. The original location is convenient to the airport.
La Cantera Heights: 17030 Fiesta Texas Dr. Suite 105, (210) 600-4460.
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Operated by brothers David and Jose Caceres, who moved here from Mexico City in 2014, the La Panaderia mini-chain is super popular with locals for breakfast.
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The baked goods are particularly good due to the 48-hour fermentation process the kitchen uses. Patrons line up at the pastry case to select from the array of exquisite pan dulces (Mexican sweet breads). A house specialty is the hefty and deliciously over-stuffed tequila-almond croissant, which is also now my own favorite, and the conchas have the reputation for being the best ever. Someday I hope to actually have room to try the jalapeño croissant. A few egg items are also available. I am definitely also addicted to the superb, thick Mexican hot chocolate, though I favor ordering the “dirty” version that includes a shot of espresso. And I do like a glass of fresh OJ (for some wonderful reason, fresh OJ in San Antonio is usually actually fresh-squeezed OJ).
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For lunch, popular choices from the extensive torta (Mexican sandwich) options include a chicken milanesa torta on telera bread and a jalapeño sausage bun.
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The food is top quality, and the Houston Street space is particularly attractive.